IBS Treatments

If not treated in its early stages, IBS can further impair the quality of life and cause more discomfort. However, it is essential to know that IBS has not been linked with bowel cancer. IBS symptoms can easily be treated in a number of ways. Treatments include; changing your diet and lifestyle, taking medication and psychological treatment. Diet and Lifestyle Changing your diet can have an immense impact on IBS symptoms and provide effective relief. As there is no “one size fits all”, a diet that might work for person “A”, may not work for person “B”. The diet that will work best for you, will depend upon your symptoms and an how you react to different foods. It is therefore a good idea to keep a food diary and record which foods have an affect on your diet, whether positive or negative. This will allow you to identify which foods trigger your IBS or make it worse and avoid them. Fibre It is advisable for people with IBS to change their lifestyle by increasing the amount of fibre in their diet. Fibre can be of two types, soluble and insoluble. Fibre which the body can  digest, is known as soluble fibre and fibre that cannot be digested by the body, is known as insoluble fibre. Below is a short list of foods that are rich in soluble fibre: •root vegetables such as carrots and potatoes •rye •oats •barley •golden linseeds •fruits such as bananas and apples The list below identifies foods that contain insoluble fibre are: •cereals •bran •wholegrain bread •nuts and seeds (except golden linseeds) Cutting down on your intake of insoluble fibre if you have IBS with diarrhoea,  may help in treating your IBS. Avoiding the skin, pith and pips from fruit and vegetables, may also help provide comfort […]
By |December 21st, 2013|IBS|0 Comments

In Depth on Indigestion

Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a term used to describe symptoms including a feeling of fullness, discomfort or a burning sensation in the abdomen after meals. It is most common in adults and can occur occasionally or every day. Often these symptoms can be managed and suppressed with the appropriate medication or dietary changes. Frequent indigestion can often be the sign of a more serious underlying condition, so it’s best to consult your doctor if the problem persists. Causes Causes of indigestion can vary greatly, from lifestyle and eating habits, to other digestive conditions. Common causes include overeating or eating too much of the wrong foods, like chocolate, alcohol and overly spicy or fatty foods. Lifestyle choices like smoking, stress and fatigue have also been known to contribute to indigestion. Your indigestion may also be a symptom of a more serious medical condition affecting the digestive tract. Peptic ulcers, a gallstone, irritable bowel syndrome and, in rare cases, even stomach cancer can cause indigestion. In cases where no cause can be found, even after a thorough evaluation, it’s likely that you may be suffering from functional dyspepsia, which occurs as a result of the stomach’s inability to properly accept, digest and then pass food to the small intestine. Prevention If an underlying medical condition is not the cause, preventing indigestion can often be as simple as making a few basic dietary and lifestyle changes. Eating plenty of fiber each day will help improve your digestive system and keep indigestion at bay. You may also be wise to avoid foods that tend to cause excess gas, like cabbage, baked beans, broccoli and carbonated beverages. Lower stress and exercising regularly will also help to reduce indigestion and improve your […]
By |September 16th, 2013|Indigestion|0 Comments